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Hospital Dec18

He came early. We were due on 25th Dec but our boy had other ideas…

Waiting in a hospital offered all kinds of quiet contemplative moments… while Cherith and the marvelous staff did all of the hard work.

James Gandolfini

I started watching The Sopranos again…

I had planned to wait until our firstborn was here because people kept saying we should plan some box-sets for those first few weeks of sleep, feed, change, sleep, feed, change, repeat…

I couldn’t help myself. It’s ok though, if I need to go back and watch it again that won’t be a problem.

I’m getting close to twenty viewings of the entire series now. Yikes.

Here’s a new sketch of James Gandolfini.


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Thinking about parenting, technology and social media

Boredom, daydreaming, a good book, building in three dimensions, interactivity with other humans–these are precious skills, skills that are being denied kids that are simply given a plate of chicken fingers and a tablet instead.

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We’ve been thinking about parenting all summer and whilst I’m not about to become a ‘daddy blogger’, there will be some things along the way that are worth saying. I think.

The above quote reminded me of some of the conversations we’ve been having about technology and social media.

I get that it’s tough to avoid tablets and tech devices with children these days but, recently I’ve become more aware of children who are glued to screens. We don’t know how technology will have shifted or what social media will be doing in a year or two when this really becomes an issue for us but, it’s clear that handing your child a screen to keep them quiet for hours is not healthy.

Being aware of this is a great start, even if you aren’t sure how you will navigate the actual situation. Balance is important right? And it’s not fair to shout ‘bad parent’ at someone who perhaps doesn’t have help, isn’t coping or just can’t find a way to calm a child down.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough…

Also, kind of related to this: we are adamant that our child’s face (and probably their name) will not be appearing online. Anywhere. As people who’ve spent so much time over the years immersed in the web and social media, this may come as a shock to some of you. You may have expected endless posts from day one. Sorry to disappoint. If you want a really challenging post by someone who has articulated their thoughts better than I could mine, go here. Gemma’s post more or less sums up our decision making on this.

And the rest? We’ll make up as we go along right?

Bearnagh

Somehow in the busyness of summer we didn’t get to the Mournes this year… not once.

This is Bearnagh.

This is Marketing. Maybe.

If you read this blog or follow my tweets for long enough you will know that I quote Seth Godin from time to time.

He has a new book out this week. It’s called This is Marketing – you can buy it here.

He has also blogged about what is in the book here.

As I read down his list in the blog post linked above I couldn’t help but say to myself;

“This is all great… if you are an honest person”

The ‘if” here is huge for me…

And, I think this reaction comes from a place of being completely ‘done’ with marketing, entrepreneurs and experts who may well be all of what they say they are but, are not trustworthy. Not decent. Not honest.

I 100% believe that Seth is a trustworthy person of integrity.

The problem is that lots of would-be business types who read it are not. Their agenda is something else.

Response

You can listen to my ambient, post-electronic, blurry, drone soundscape album Response on Spotify here.

 

Le Laboureur jacket

Le Laboureur translates as “The Ploughman”. Founded by Primo Zalenti in the Eastern French town, Digoine, the brand has been producing the finest, handmade clothing for 60 years. The brand’s original ethos was to provide local craftsmen with everyday durable and dependable clothing, and this mission is still followed today. Today, Le Laboureur is headed by Primo’s first son, Jean-Charles, and has gone on to produce quality outerwear for renowned brands such as the French Postal Service and Junya Watanabe.

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